Latest Crocodylidae Stories

2011-01-27 10:19:14

Nineteen freshwater crocodiles, which had been reared for 18 months at a breeding center in the Philippines as part of an effort to save the species from extinction, were set free in a national park in the remote north of the country that is one of just two remaining natural habitats for the reptile, conservationists tell AFP. "The Philippine crocodile is the world's most severely threatened crocodile species with less than 100 adults remaining in the wild. It could go extinct in 10 years if...

2010-08-04 15:40:00

Scientists reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature that they have discovered fossils of an ancient crocodile with mammal-like teeth in the Rukwa Rift Basin of Tanzania. The scientists said the new species of notosuchian crocodyliform is a small, cat-sized animal that was not as heavily armored as other crocodiles, except along the tail.  "If you only looked at the teeth, you wouldn't think this was a crocodile. You would wonder what kind of strange mammal or mammal-like...

2010-06-28 12:49:38

Borneo wildlife officials are pushing to have the country's saltwater crocodiles removed from a list of endangered animals, saying that the reptile's numbers have strongly recovered in the last few years. Deputy directory of the Sabah Wildlife Department, Augustin Tuuga, told AFP that the Crocodylus population is at about 11,000 to 15,000 in the state compared to 1,000 to 5,000 two decades ago. "We are pushing to have the crocodile downgraded from the 'endangered' to the 'not necessarily...

2010-06-07 09:15:12

The mystery of how the world's largest living reptile - the estuarine crocodile - has come to occupy so many South Pacific islands separated by huge stretches of ocean despite being a poor swimmer has at last been solved by a group of Australian ecologists. Publishing their new study in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, they say that like a surfer catching a wave, the crocodiles ride ocean currents to cross large areas of open sea. The estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus...

2010-05-26 14:05:00

Michael Lacoste, the heir of the French clothing giant known for its iconic crocodile logo, traveled to Colombia recently to meet with an endangered baby Orinoco crocodile that was raised in captivity. The crocodile, when fully matured, measures up to 23 feet and can trace its origins back to the drainage basin of the Orinoco River that flows through Colombia and Venezuela. The carnivore has 68 teeth and gray-yellow skin to scare off villagers.  However, its survival is essential to...

2010-02-10 06:47:00

Reptiles are bred in captivity primarily for their skins, but some restaurants and population groups also want them for their meat. A study shows that eating these animals can have side effects that call into question the wisdom of eating this 'delicacy.' Parasites, bacteria and viruses, and to a lesser extent contamination from heavy metals and residues of veterinary drugs-"“ eating reptile meat can cause several problems to health. This is the conclusion of a study published in the...

2009-12-24 06:34:46

Officials say Australian rangers seized almost 200 saltwater crocodiles this year in concern for the safety of the residents. 196 of the deadly reptiles were picked up in the northern city of Darwin, the largest a 16 foot male. Regional director of Conservation and Wildlife, Brett Easton, told AFP, "Once captured they are taken to a crocodile farm where they live a long and lazy life." The government removed 190 "salties" last year from waterways near residential, recreation and swimming...

2009-11-18 12:45:00

Dozens of one of the world's most endangered crocodile species have been found lounging in plain sight at a wildlife rescue center in Cambodia, The Associated Press reported. Researchers said Wednesday that DNA taken from 69 crocodiles housed in the moats of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center showed nearly 50 percent were Siamese crocodiles, which until recently were believed to have become extinct in the wild. Adam Starr, who manages the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program, a joint...

2009-10-05 18:56:11

Police in Australia said a 6 1/2-foot crocodile found wrestling with a fence spent three days in jail before being moved to a crocodile farm. Gunbalanya police said the female croc was spotted battling a fence in the middle of Arrkuluk Camp and wasn't in much condition to put up a fight when officers and rangers arrived to capture the reptile, the Northern Territory News reported Monday. She was pretty tired -- pretty knackered at that point, Brevet Sgt. Adam Russell said. Russell said the...

2009-08-07 13:30:00

Last week, conservationists released 50 rare Philippine crocodiles from private breeding facilities into the wild in hopes of revitalizing the rare species.Numbers of the Philippine crocodiles have been dwindling due to hunting, habitat loss and overfishing, according to BBC Earth News.Experts estimate that less than 100 mature crocodiles exist in the wild.They hope to see the new class of 50 crocodiles begin to breed in a few years.After World War II the virtually non-threatening crocodile...

Latest Crocodylidae Reference Libraries

2008-08-07 11:00:42

The Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius), is a wading bird and the only member of the genus Pluvianus. The Egyptian Plover is a localized resident in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It breeds on sandbars in large rivers. Egyptian Plover is a striking and clearly identifiable species. The 7.5 to 8.25 inch long adult has a black crown, back, eye-mask and breast band. The rest of the head is white. The remaining upper plumage is blue-gray, and the underparts are orange. The longish legs are...

2007-01-23 15:41:29

The Cuban Crocodile, Crocodylus rhombifer, is found only in Cuba's Zapata Swamp and the Isle of Youth, and highly endangered, though it formerly ranged throughout the Caribbean. This croc appears to favor freshwater habitat such as swamps, marshes, and rivers. This species has numerous interesting characteristics that set it apart from other crocodiles, such as its brighter adult colors, rougher, more pebbled scales, and long, strong legs. It is also the most terrestrial of crocodiles,...

2007-01-23 15:40:11

The Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, is the largest of all existing reptiles. It is found in suitable habitat throughout Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. These are known as "˜salties' in the Northern territory of Australia. They generally spend the tropical wet season in freshwater swamps and rivers, moving downstream to estuaries in the dry season, and sometimes far out to sea. Adult male saltwater crocs typically grow to an average of 16 feet long and weigh...

2007-01-23 15:37:33

The Mugger Crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, also called the Iranian, Marsh, or Persian Crocodile, is found throughout the Indian subcontinent and the surrounding countries. These countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Iran. Mainly a freshwater species, the Mugger crocodile is found in lakes, rivers and marshes. Muggers prefer slow-moving, shallower bodies of water rather than, fast-flowing, deep areas. The Mugger Crocodile is also known to thrive in man-made reservoirs and...

2007-01-23 15:35:29

The Nile Crocodile is one of the three species of crocodile found in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile. Its range covers most of Africa south of the Sahara and the island of Madagascar. The preferred habitat of Nile crocodiles is along rivers, in freshwater marshes, or along lakes. In some cases they thrive in more brackish water, along estuaries of mangrove swamps. Like all crocodiles, they are quadrupeds with four short, splayed legs; long, powerful tails; a scaly hide...

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